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This South African Metal Band is Breaking Down Barriers

In a video by Upproxx, South Africa's first all-black metal band talks about the discrimination they face and their hopes for the future.

SOUTH AFRICA—Metal is a music genre too often associated with white people. And while the continent is home to several thriving metal scenes, the genre is still frowned upon in many African circles.


In a recent interview with UPROXX, Demogoroth Satanum a black metal band from Soweto—a township of Johannesburg better known for its bumping kwaito scene—opens up about the discrimination they faced being South Africa’s first all-black metal band.

“I think our biggest obstacle was getting over what the community would think of us. They think that if you’re doing this, you guys are a bunch of Satanist,” Sthembiso “Tyrant” Kunene, the band’s vocalist, says.

Now that they’ve broken into the scene, the band hopes to grow Soweto’s rock and metal movement. They also aim for mixity by encouraging white bands to play in their township.

“Apartheid was over a little over 20 years ago but there’s a shit load of tension...we’re trying to break that tension," he adds. "And once our country breaks that racial tension then we can fucking move on and they won’t call us 'white people' for playing 'white people music.'"

Check out the full video on Demogoroth Satanum below.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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